14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel planner
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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Holland
— 1 night
Drive
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Kalamazoo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dearborn
— 1 night
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Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Biddle House as well as Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. On the 4th (Tue), catch all the local highlights with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, then steep yourself in history at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and then visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner.

Newark to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Newark in October, things will get a bit cooler in Mackinac Island: highs are around 55°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paradise.
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Paradise — 1 night

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. You've now added Toonerville Trolley Train and Boat Tours to your itinerary. On the 6th (Thu), tour the old-fashioned way with Toonerville Trolley Train and Boat Tours and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paradise trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in October since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Cherry Republic of Traverse City, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then examine the collection at Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, wander the streets of Front Street, then stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, and finally go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Traverse City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paradise in October; daily highs in Traverse City reach 60°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Holland.
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Holland — 1 night

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You've now added Studebaker National Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Oval Beach, then browse the exhibits of Studebaker National Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Butler Street.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Holland road trip website.

Drive from Traverse City to Holland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Holland are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kalamazoo.
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Kalamazoo — 3 nights

Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum as well as The History Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Get out of town with these interesting Kalamazoo side-trips: Linton's Enchanted Gardens (in Elkhart) and South Bend (University of Notre Dame & River Lights Plaza). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Gene the Pumpkin Man, stop by Confections with Convictions, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kalamazoo attractions planning website.

You can drive from Holland to Kalamazoo in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kalamazoo can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.
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Frankenmuth — 2 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Frankenmuth Clock Company, Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops and Frankenmuth Lager Mill. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by Frankenmuth Clock Company, get interesting insight from Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops, then brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, then steep yourself in history at Thumb Octagon Barn, and finally examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Frankenmuth trip website.

Getting from Kalamazoo to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2.5 hours. October in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Detroit.
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Detroit — 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the striking features of The Guardian Building, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and then make a trip to The Z Lot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dearborn.
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Dearborn — 1 night

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then contemplate the long history of Franklin Cider Mill, and finally browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall.

To plan Dearborn vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Dearborn is just a short distance from Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.
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